Beagle Cafe Co.

A place for caffeination, conversation, and community in Stanford, CA

Conversations in Spring 2024 will take place on 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, and 6/9

The Backstory

Hi, I'm Shreyas, the host and barista! Beagle Café is a place to meet new friends in the community, gather to discuss ideas from the latest book you've read, the oldest memories you have, grand plans to make the world better – and everything in between. Bring a friend or an idea, and coffee's on me.The collective is inspired by my time in Boston, where I lived across from Darwin's Café. The coffee was arguably terrible, but it was where many ideas were conceived and friendships germinated. Beagle Café is my attempt to re-create that space. Same idea, better coffee.While there's only one Darwin's Café, that sense of discovery and community is something I hope to take with me where I go. That idea inspires the name – HMS Beagle was the vessel in which Charles Darwin navigated around the world in his 20s.At Stanford, this initiative is graciously supported by the Graduate Life Office, The Dialog Project and the Campus Engagement Grant. Some of my learnings from this initiative are shared here.

Praise for Beagle Café

Coverage in The Stanford Daily, the Stanford Alumni Magazine and the San Francisco Standard

When you look back at your time at Stanford, you won't remember the all-nighters you spent in lab or the hours spent analyzing data. You'll remember the wonderful conversations, and the people you had those conversations with. For that reason alone, a visit to the Beagle Cafe is well worth your time.
- Preeti S, PhD '23

The Beagle Cafe felt like a little pocket of the old, Age-of-Enlightenment-style coffeehouse. The coffee was superb and the conversation flowed smoothly and naturally. Everyone brought great ideas and experiences to share and I felt refreshed and intellectually stimulated upon leaving.
- Logan B, BS '24

"Conversation that feels like a warm cup of coffee - comforting, energizing, and a bit addictive!"
- Sonya K, MS '23

"Huge fan of the Beagle Cafe experience! Over the course of more than two hours, our group talked about anything and everything, from our hobbies to giving each other life advice to existential ponderings. I left the conversation feeling inspired, and definitely will be attending another Beagle Cafe event in the future!"
- Shobha D, BS '24


- Beans of the week: Hairbender by Stumptown Heartbreaker by Cafe Grumpy
- Brewed by: Rocket Cinquantotto
- Grind: Niche Zero


A project by Shreyas Lakhtakia